Yoga teachers love to say that the hips have a lot of restrained emotions – and right now, you may be more emotional than usual. While stretching your body may not solve all the problems in the world, it can help you take care of yourself a little when times are tough. So in this week’s episode Coach of the monthYoga teacher and Mirror Pilin Anice instructor guides you through a flow to help you get deep into your hips from every angle.
Your hips are made up of two ball and socket joints (one on each side) and there are three ways they can move: back and forth (bend and extend), outwards and inwards towards the pelvis (abduction and adductor), and in rotation as your toes point in different directions. In this 17 minute session, you will work with flexibility in each of these directions to release tension everywhere.
At the top of the class, Anice calls the series “fun, playful flow” and this is more or less the best way to describe the moves you will make today. You will start by warming up the body with gentle variations on the cat-cow posture and greetings in mini sun before the lesson fully meets its name: “Hip hip hooray”.
Once it ‘s time to really step into the goodness that opens the hips, Anice will instruct you to go into a lizard posture (utthan pristhasana) and move your hips around to move in this bending and extension of the joint. Next, you will challenge your abduction and delivery skills by entering a cat-cow stance and drawing large large circles with your knees, one at a time. Finally, you will go to the goddess posture, or utkata konasana, with your toes pointing out to challenge the rotational flexibility of your hip.
But hey, even if you pay zero attention to the kind of flexibility you cultivate at a given time, this hip-focused flow will still be amazing. So, do not think too much about things (there is a lot of time for that when you are not on your yoga mat). For now, get all the props you love and let Anice get them from there.
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